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Hermana Erickson in Peru

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It’ll Make You Happier

This week was cool, we were supposed to have a zone meeting on Tuesday but it got cancelled last minute so we had 2.5 hours to knock doors and ended up meeting some of the coolest people who are super prepared for the gospel.

On thursday Gianella got baptized! Her friend, who is going on a mission soon introduced her to the church and she’s the best. She is so willing to do whatever the Lord asks and keep all the commandments and just loves the Book of Mormon and is seriously an example to me. It’s been hard because her family didn’t really want her to get baptized but she just told us that she knew it was true and she knew she had to go through with it.

Friday we had a multizone conference with Presidente and Hermana Larson and I learned a lot. Then Hermana Kilpack ended up coming to stay with us again for this weekend and it’s so crack up. She’s new in the mission and was staying with us before and basically its just a party all the time because she and Hermana Clark are super funny.

General Conference was the best, the members helped us again with the bus van to pick up everyone to go to the stake center to watch it. We were able to watch it in English and it is so powerful to be able to listen to prophets and apostles testify of Jesus christ. I loved Elder Nelsons talk about the Book of Mormon; it really is the word of God and has the answerrs that we need. I’ve seen so many times in my life and in the lives of the people we teach that we can find answers to our questions and our lives improve when we read the Book of Mormon every day.

(If you didnt get to watch conf, check out LDS.org and give it a listen, I promise it’ll make you happier :))

Zone Activity: Contacting with The Book of Mormon
The baptismal font doesn’t drain well and leaves dirt in the bottom, so we have to clean it.
(L-to-R) Hermana Erickson, Gianella, Hermana Clark
Gianella’s Baptism
Gianella’s Baptism
Gianella’s Baptism
P-day at the Beach
Las Hermanas a la Playa
La Playa de Lima
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A TON of Miracles this Week

I’m so excited to be working here in Bolivar. We have seen a TON of miracles this week, it’s unreal.

We are just finding lots of people to teach, including a family who is super excited about the gospel. We were sharing the story of Joseph Smith and The First Vision and the Spirit was so strong, The mom was almost crying and everyone just said they felt something different as they were listening. It’s incredible to be a missionary and be able to witness moments like that.
Also, the Women’s Session of Conference was so great. My favorite part was when Sister Eubank said that when we keep our covenants, we gain access to the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and we’ll be able to receive inspiration and different ideas to solve our problems. It was super powerful because as a missionary, I don’t know what the people need to hear or how to help them know that Heavenly Father loves them or that the church of Jesus Christ has been restored and will bless their family, but Heavenly Father knows the needs of each one of his children and he will help us know how to help others. It is something I’ve seen a  lot of this week, not only with investigators but also with the Hermanas that we are in charge of.
Also, it’s the coolest thing that this weekend we have the chance to listen to the living Prophet of God!!! Check it out on lds.org.
Finally, the coolest thing ever: We called some sisters from the ward to go on splits to go get the investigators before church and they show up with a VAN!!! We were able to pick up 3 converts and 2 investigators and pass by the houses of a bunch more people and all in all 5 investigators came to church and it was incredible. So for all you homies at home with Mormon vans and time to kill before church: help the missionaries get their investigators to church. It was the biggest blessing ever!

Intercambios
Sticker on the bus – I “heart” Jesus

A Little Better Everyday

I didn’t know it was possible to have so many meetings in one week but it’s something I learned….

Okay, totally worth it though, because we had the coolest meeting ever on Wednesday. Elder Montoya, Elder Robbins, Bishop Caussé, and Elder Oaks came to visit the mission and we got to hear from all of them! We went to the chapel next to the MTC (it is outside the mission boundaries but only like an hour and a half away) and joined 2 other lima missions, 550 missionaries in total. It was a huge deal and we got to shake all their hands and it was way exciting. My favorite part was when Bishop Caussé stated that the atonement isn’t just for unworthy people to become worthy, but also for worthy people to become perfect. And when we get a little bit better every day, when we feel overwhelmed but feel that God loves us, or when we don’t speak Spanish well but can improve, the atonement is working in our lives. I loved those examples because they’re things I’ve definitely felt here on the mission. I’m learning to rely more on Jesus Christ and help other people do the same.
Also, Juan got baptized! It was an adventure trying to fill the font Saturday morning but after cleaning it with a broom and the Bishop picking the lock with a paperclip to access the faucet, it all worked out. Juan is super funny and his face is always so serious but he’s actually really happy and was so ready to get baptized.
The biggest challenge this week is that no one’s family wants them to get baptized so it’s super rough, but we are praying a lot for Gianella and Cristina so they can progress and get baptized soon.

Las Hermanas de Palao

La Zona. Feliz Dia de Independencia de Chile

This picture looks like we’re in a prison. Too funny.

Bad News

This week has been the craziest ever.

Last Monday night President Larson called to break the bad news: (1) I was being transferred and (2) that I would be called to be a Sister Training Leader (hahaha biggest joke ever). I was so bummed to be leaving Cayetano and Hermana Valencia, but it’s all good….

My new area is Bolivar in la zona de Magdelena. My companion is Hermana Clark, from Bountiful Utah! My new area is so different from Cayetano, its way nicer and also HUGE, the ward is super great and the Bishop is so helpful already and I’ve only been here 1 week.

Hermana Clark ran track at the University of Utah, so let’s just say she loves to run and I do not, so it’s been an interesting week. hahaha, nah its all good though, pray that I survive.

The Hermanas de Palao (my previous zone) had a problem with their house and are living with us for like 2 weeks and it’s so fun. I was in the Zone Palao with Hermana Zaldivar for 3 transfers and she is training a new missionary Hermana Kilpack from Utah, so basically were just having a blast the 4 of us living together. And we go on splits every day so I’m having to learn the streets and members and everything really fast.

This week I reached 7 months in the mission and today is my 20th birthday so I feel super old. Today has been super fun though, including the peruvian tradition of smashing eggs and throwing flour at the birthday person :)

Not much time to say anything but theres lots of photos so hope that makes up for it.

My face when I found out I’d been called to be a Sister Training Leader
Family Home Evening
My Favorite Family

Morgan sent me taco seasoning in the mail!

Mexican Food

Hno Juan (our ward mission leader) and Hermana Tania (our pensionista)

Read the Book of Mormon: A Challenge

This transfer has gone by so quickly, it’s insane. I feel like last week was when there were transfers but yeah, 6 weeks later here we are.

I’ve been here in Cayetano for 6 months, so more than likely I’m headed out :( I don’t know for sure but they’ll tell us tonight whos getting transferred tomorrow.

Basically, nothing exciting happened this week, just normal missionary things.We’ve actually been able to find and teach some really great people this week and 5 people came to church yesterday!! It’s the best.

11 But he that believeth these things which I have spoken, him will I visit with the manifestations of my Spirit, and he shall know and bear record. For because of my Spirit he shall know that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good.
12 And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good; – Ether 4:11-12

The Book of Mormon is so cool and I love this promise, that if we read it with an open heart, we’ll be able to know that it’s true. We will be able to see that it’s a book of scriptures, inspired of God, to help us become better. I’ve seen so many times in my life and especially here on the mission that there’s a great spirit that comes in your life when you read the Book of Mormon. so your challenge of the week: Read the Book of Mormon and just see how it can help you be better and do better.

Here are lots of pictures of the zone, our district, and other shenanigans :)

My companion adding salt to a Ritz cracker. I’ve trained her well.

Pick a Number

This week was loco, but they all are so I guess that shouldn’t be news to anyone.

We went to the temple with Humberto and Melissa!

We had a multi-zone conference and it was great! I got to see a bunch of the jokers from the MTC, my old companion, and people who had been in my zone before. Yay! My favorite part was a quote by Elder Anderson: Faith is a power that makes things happen that should happen¨

Faith is a power that makes things happen that should happen. – 

It’s true that people have the agency to choose what to do in their lives, but we also have the ability to help everyone remember that at some point they chose to follow Christ and that by doing so again they will be infinitely more happy in their lives.

This week we have been contacting with the Book of Mormon. Asking people to choose any number between 1 and 531 (or however many pages there are in the Book of Mormon in your language) and then asking them to read the page of the Book of Mormon of the number they chose. Every single page of that book testifies of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father and it’s so powerful when the people can just read it and see that it’s the word of God. So, it’s been really cool to see that people are more interested when they can read directly from the BOM. (Missionary friends: try it out sometime, it’s way fun)

Hermana Erickson and Both Companions, Hermana Macharuti and Hermana Valencia
Humberto, Melissa, Hermana Valencia and Hermana Erickson
Family Night (Noche de Hogar) with Humberto, Melissa, Amelie, Diego, the Elders, and Maria who was baptized the same day as Humberto’s family
Learning to Break
Something’s Going to Break

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